A very must last minute event for us but New Year at Lake Garda does not disappoint. Most towns around the Lake have some sort of event going on, with the largest towns such as Riva del Garda in the north and Peschiera del Garda in the south being the busiest. Don’t forget to read about our toll free routes to Italy and save a small fortune on toll fees!
New Years Eve is a fairly quiet affair to start with. All restaurants are busy and the streets are quiet. However, turn 11 o’clock and things change here at Peschiera. A live band is in situ and has been so since around 6pm. Crowds gather near the port, adjacent to the stage. A few moments before midnight the count down to the New Year starts and then on the hour – boom – the fireworks are spectacular.
We understand from the tousist office that this event takes place every year. The event is well organised. The Italian Red Cross are present and there are numerous stewards at the “turn stiles”. There was no admission charge for either he music or the fireworks.
Moving on to New Years Day, and there are a few more events going on. A tradition involves diving into the Lake – and yes, it’s cold!
Within the main square there’s also ice skating (charge payable).
New Year at Lake Garda – where to stay
This is the slightly tricky part. As far as we are aware – and we know Lake Garda quite well – there is only one campsite open. This is Camping Amici di Lazise. We have not stayed there and so do not have a review available.
There are numerous camperstops at Lake Garda for motorhomes only. There are two at Peschiera, (review HERE), one at Riva and one at Torbole. There’s another at Malcesine which is close to Monte Baldo and the cable car. It’s not possible to reserve places at the Peschiera campstops.